City working out lagoon tunnel clearing project

BAGUIO CITY – The planned dredging of the City Camp lagoon tunnel is now in the works with an initial funding of P25 million.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said he has been informed by Dept. of Public Works and Highways city district engineer Ireneo Gallato that the Special

Allotment Release Order (SARO) for the amount has already been issued for the project.

The said fund was worked out by Rep. Bernardo Vergara.

However, the mayor said that the project will not be implemented immediately as they are still determining the applicable process that can be employed to prosecute the project considering that it is not a typical infrastructure venture.

He said that as required under Republic Act No. 9184 or the national procurement law, the project has to be bid out but those in charge of the project could not complete the documents required in the bidding as they are encountering difficulties in quantifying the scope of work and target accomplishments due to the physical condition of the site.

The mayor said they are considering the implementation of the project by administration instead of the regular bid out process so that the project cost to be paid will be commensurate to the amount of work to be accomplished.

But he said this has to be sanctioned first by the DPWH central office as the law allows the administration scheme only for projects with maximum costs of P2 million.

He recalled that previous lagoon clearing jobs done in the 1990’s under his and the congressman’s term were also implemented by administration due to similar concerns.

He said they will write DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson and request for exemption for this project due to the concerns cited.

The mayor said the lagoon tunnel clearing project was projected to cost P50 million but only P25 million was available as of now.

Vergara in September last year said Singson is considering the lagoon as a pilot site in his plan to employ modern technology for flood-prone areas in the country.

The scheme would involve the drilling of a large hole 22 meters deep at a one-hectare area and turning it into a reservoir to impound floodwaters which will be purified through the use of scientific method for reuse during the dry season.

He said the project is promising as it will not only address the problem on flooding that affects at least ten barangays in the area but also the water scarcity which is also a main problem for the city.

The City Camp basin has been a perennial flooding concern in the city especially during the typhoon season when it turns into a lagoon affecting the ten surrounding barangays.

The flooding problem was temporarily cured in the 1990’s after the massive clearing project but has recurred in the past years due to waste deposits that clog the tunnels.

The city has employed remedies like installing screens in the various tunnel inlets located along the tributaries and canals leading to the area to prevent trash from getting into the tunnel but a massive dredging to clear constricted and blocked portions is needed to clear the passageway and prevent flooding once again.

 
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